Detouur

Tokyo Area

Design your own bonsai (Saika style)

Design your own bonsai (Saika style)

from 360.00

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Experience Includes |

  • 10 min - Selecting tree and hachi (bonsai pot).

  • 80 min- Making a bonsai under the guidance of a bonsai expert.

  • 10 min - Receiving tools and hachi of your choice to bring home with you with some basic instruction.

You will be given a hachi (bonsai pot) and tools to bring home with you. If instead of a hachi and tools, you would like to bring the bonsai you made home with you, please note that importing bonsai internationally involves detailed procedures and that permission is not always granted. For this reason, we recommend international guests to bring home the hachi and tools instead of the bonsai.

You will be accompanied by a friendly Detouur guide who will interpret in your language of choice, from English, French, or German. If you require translation in another language, please let us know at checkout and we will do our best to accommodate your request!

Availability |
Holiday hours: The studio will be closed December 31-January 2 and January 4-7.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Session 1 (10:00 - 11:40)
Session 2 (11:40 - 13:20)
Session 3 (13:20 - 15:00)

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Kita-ku, Saitama
50 min. from Tokyo Sta.

Offered in Japanese
with English, French, or German interpretation

100 min experience

4 people max.


About Bonsai |

Bonsai | Bohn・sai
Bonsai, which literally translates to “planted in a container” is the art of pruning and cultivating small trees in pots to achieve the subdued and stately aesthetic of an old tree in nature.
This practice has its roots in an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, which were then adapted by the Japanese about 700 years ago. Until relatively recently, bonsai has been considered a hobby that appeals to retired men.  However, in recent years younger generations have expressed interest in this centuries-old art, and new forms are emerging. Within that is the modern style of bonsai, called Saika bonsai, which means “colorful flower bonsai” popularized by Kaori Yamada, a fifth generation bonsai master. This is a style that incorporates small plant or flower accents in addition to the tree, and does not adhere to many of the rigid rules of traditional bonsai, making it an innovative take on an ancient art form. 

This experience is located in Omiya Bonsai Village, a neighborhood known worldwide for its multiple bonsai nurseries and bonsai museum. This village was formed in 1925 after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, when Tokyo’s bonsai nurseries were affected by the disaster and needed a new place to rebuild. Ōmiya was selected by these nurseries for its clean water and good soil, essential for cultivating healthy bonsai.

 

Things to note |

  • You will be given a hachi (bonsai pot) and tools to bring home with you.

  • If, instead of a hachi and tools, you would like to bring the bonsai you made home with you, please note that importing bonsai internationally involves detailed procedures and that permission is not always granted. For this reason, we recommend international guests to bring home the hachi and tools, instead of the bonsai.

  • Please make your booking at the latest 24 hours in advance.

  • Please note that the selection of trees depends on the season. If you are interested in a specific tree, please let us know in advance to see if that tree is available.

  • If you would like to select a tree or pot that is priced higher than the ones designated for this experience, you will be able to pay the additional cost directly at the bonsai garden.

Cancellation Policy |

  • See cancellation policy here.

* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.